Sunday, 24 July 2011

Not Feeling Like Having An Ice Cream?

Imagine you are talking about food with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps you are having a meal and it is time to choose a dessert, ice cream being an option... or even stopped at an ice cream parlour on the street. You might give the impression that you are having second thoughts about having an ice cream. The other person wants to ask you if you do not feel like having an ice cream.

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿No te apetece un helado?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿(A usted) no le apetece un helado?


You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends only on whether you want to say that you:
  • Do not feel like having an ice cream
  • Do feel like having an ice cream

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • No, no me apetece un helado (don't feel like it)
  • Sí, sí que me apetece un helado (do feel like it)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿No te apetece un helado?

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